Cort sprints to second in London after late attack by Impey

Sun 30 Jul 2017

Vuelta a Espana stage winner Magnus Cort unleashed a strong sprint at today’s Ride London Classic to take second place for ORICA-SCOTT after teammate Daryl Impey animated in the races late attack.

A long, yet fast race unfolded over 200kilometres with an early breakaway allowed plenty of rope before being brought back with 60kilometres to go. Fresh attacks followed with South African national time trial champion Impey part of a three-man move that held a gap going into the race finale.

Impey dropped off as the pace changed in the closing kilometres, leaving two riders out front that ended up getting caught in the final kilometre as the bunch brought about the anticipated sprint finish.

Cort was well placed and launched his sprint strongly, edging out front as Alexander Kristoff (Katusha-Alpecin) came up on the Dane’s right to take a narrow victory with Cort in a very respectable second place.

“We had a great day today, almost perfect,” said sport director Gene Bates. “The guys rode a very intelligent race and we wanted to be ahead of the game and on the front foot as much as possible. The race situation worked out well for us when the second move with Daryl went away because it meant we didn’t have to work to bring about the sprint.”

“Daryl was very strong and if that group had stayed away to the line it could have been a very different story. The attack allowed us to conserve energy and maintain our position up near the front and once the race came back together we were ready.

“All of the guys rotated beautifully and Mitch Docker brought Magnus through the final turn in a great position and he did superbly in the sprint. Magnus is coming off a block without much racing, but you couldn’t tell with how he finished. It was very close and we are pleased with such a positive result.”

How it happened:

Drier conditions welcomed the riders to the start of today’s 200kilometre Ride London Classic with the large crowds around St James witnessing a fast start to the race.

After one hour of racing a breakaway group of five riders had a developing lead of four minutes on the peloton.

The group reduced to three riders with 120kilometres remaining, but held their four-minute lead past the halfway point of the race.

The peloton started to steadily eat into the advantage of the breakaway with 80kilometres to go, falling rapidly under two minutes as the race hit the climbs of the Surrey Hills.

Moment’s later five riders tried to jump across to the leaders, but this only increased the speed of the peloton and the front of the race came back together.

With 60kilometres to go Impey jumped clear followed by Matteo Trentin (Quick-Step-Floors). The duo quickly gained 40seconds over a chasing group of around 20riders with the main bunch further back.

Impey and Trentin and were joined by Jasper Stuyven (Trek-Segafredo) on the Box Hill climb with 45kilometres remaining and the gap now down to 20seconds.

The three riders worked well together and carried their lead into the closing 20kilometres until a change of pace saw Impoey drop off and Stuyven and Trentin push on.

The duo held off the peloton until the last kilometre, painfully being caught under the Flamme Rouge with Kristoff taking out the sprint victory and Cort taking a well fought second place.

Ride London results:

1. Alexander Kristoff (Katusha-Alpecin) 04:05:42

2. Magnus Cort (ORICA-SCOTT) ST

3. Michael Matthews (Team-Sunweb) ST

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